Michele Alexander (1st Grade)
What degree(s) do you hold? From what school(s)? What was your area of concentration?
BS Education from Texas Tech University; Elementary Education with a Special Education Concentration
What is your previous work experience?
I taught in the public school arena 1984-1987 in Willis Texas. I spent the next 20 years being Mommy and was actively involved in Bible Study Fellowship holding various jobs including Children’s leader for the various preschool classes as well as the assistant supervisor and Children’s Supervisor for the South Austin Ladies Day Class. I went back to teaching when our daughter was in 5th grade teaching third grade at Regents School of Austin for 9 years before coming to ACS in the fall of 2014.
Tell us a little about your family:
I have been married to my husband, Keith, for 38 years and we have 3 grown children. We were blessed with our first grandchild this summer. I love being a “seasoned” teacher- in both teaching experience as well as older children- so I can pass on love, advice, and hopefully a calming influence on the moms and families I have the pleasure to teach alongside with.
What led you to Austin Classical School?
My friend was teaching at ACS and told me about an opportunity to be on the ground floor of a new school which is the best of both worlds: classical Christian private school and homeschooling. At ACS, I have the joy and responsibility to teach the truth of Christianity as well as teach academics in light of that truth. We are not led by the latest or greatest, but by the tried and true methods of teaching and learning. This doesn’t mean we discount what is new, but we view in the light of the Trivium. I love the Firsties! They have a joy and a zest for life that keeps me young and on my toes! I love how they think I’m cool and they still love their teachers to the moon and back. I feel a huge responsibility in teaching them also because they believe their teacher with all they’ve got and so it is my responsibility to make sure I am solid on what I teach them.
This year, I hope my students come away with a deeper love for the Lord and a personal relationship with Him. I hope they learn I love them unconditionally and forever! Of course academics, but my greater focus is it’s OK to make mistakes, learn from them, and move on. Learning at this age is so developmental it’s OK not to be where your best friend is. God made us each in His image in in our unique ways.
What is your teaching philosophy?
All kids can learn if we just give them time to do it.
Who had the greatest influence on you?
My husband and his family. They have walked with the Lord for many generations and I have had the blessing to get into their walk with Him.